In the last month, I started a new job, completed orientation, my little sister got engaged,celebrated Thanksgiving with the family, went to a funeral of one of our best college friends,who will be missed severely,started looking for a labradoodle puppy after meeting a really really cute one,read several amazing books (like the second and third Outlander books, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and Republic of Thieves), bought the majority of my Christmas presents on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and wrapped them, as well as setting up the tree. x We’ve had a few fun dinner parties at our house and Mr. F tried a new recipe of citrus, mint, hazelnuts and ricotta. We also had a phenomenal wine from Result of A Crush called Chistmas Cuvee! We’ve also checked out a new restaurant called Manolin in the neighborhood and it’s pretty amazing.The rockfish ceviche and cocktails are super delicious. Yesterday, my sister, grandmother and I met up for mani/pedis and dinner too! December’s pretty nice so far! Tomorrow I go to St Louis and next week, Denver and Spokane, WA for work then it’s CHRISTMAS!!
Seattle has been in the 30s and 40s in the last two weeks. Mr. F has started making more hearty dishes like several variations of roasted chicken, duck for the first time, and lots of amazing soups.One of our favorite fall salads has roasted beets with goat cheese or ricotta. It goes well with everything too.
Earlier this week, Mr. F made a miso, radish, spinach soup with poached eggs, andon Friday, a Moroccan, harissa, cabbage, tomato and egg soup. It was the perfect amount of spice balanced with cumin and ginger. Mr. F makes it look so easy too! You may be able to tell that we love poached eggs and Mr. F also makes an amazing salad with chorizo and parmesan!They’re so fluffy!!!
Tonight, Mr. F made another winning dinnerwith lamb, cabbage, celery, olives, preserved lemons, carrots, onions, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper, beef stock, sweet vermouth, harissa, garlic, parsley, mint, and a new discovery, bread cheese.It went wonderfully with Two Vintners Syrah!
I’m so glad my husband is an amazing cook because I burn water. Last weekend, I accidentally made a raw Angel Food cake for a family dinner but fortunately, he saved it and made it into bread pudding. Phew! My grandparents, uncle and parents loved it, of course!
Today, I gave myself one of the best holiday presents ever! I am so excited that I’m going with my sisters and my fun co-worker friend in August 2015! I rarely go to concerts so this is a big deal!!! However I have been listening to this album on repeat and I love that Taylor Swift had artists like Imogen Heap and Jack Antonoff from fun co-write with her. Taylor Swift reminds me of my sister, Katie (who was also born in 1989) and my cousin, Kiki!
I can’t wait for August 2015!!!!
all pictures and their original sources can be found on my Pinterest Board, Music I’m Digging (www.pinterest.com/fettbot).
Mr F and I have smoothies for breakfast almost every morning and we recently discovered a fun and totally seasonally appropriate variation!
Yield: 32 oz
Combine in a blender and mix:
16 oz plain kefir (or almond / regular milk if preferred)
1 can unsweetened pumpkin puree (we’ve also used butternut squash which is also delicious!)
2 tablespoons stevia, sugar, or maple syrup
1/2-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, whatever deliciousness you like in pies)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional healthy / hippy add-ons we modified:
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon protein powder
Optional not piloted but likely delightful toppings that occurred to me as I was eating:
Toasted & salted pumpkin seeds
We finally got to check out the new Tray Kitchen which opened this weekend near our house between Fremont and Ballard on Leary Way NW. (We had previously tried to go a week ago, before the restaurant was officially open!) I thought the cocktails were fun! The steak tartare had interesting flavorbut Mr F wanted more salt. I thought the best part were the crispy and fresh micro greens! We both really enjoyed the house made pancetta with the Brussels sprout salad and apples. The black cod was nice but the dashi soy sauce dip really elevated it. We even dipped other dishes in it. Our ultimate favorite dish was the roasted cauliflower saladwith hazelnuts, drunken raisins (raisins soaked in white wine and something else amazing), micro greens and a few other awesome ingredients. The Korean Fried Chicken wings were delightfully spicy but not a lot of meat and quite messy. They were still worth it and again, I loved the micro greens as a garnish. The yummy pickled veggies included a green pickled cayenne pepper which was bitter but tasty. Mr. F’s favorite item was the salmon mousse with homemade chips!While these were all relatively small, dim-sum style dishes, they were pleasantly filling, so we decided to get dessert next time. (This is also another reason to go back soon!)
I’m looking forward to returning for their happy hour and when they start serving brunch in December. I hear they’ll have omelette options on trays (like the mousse and a few salad options that we didn’t get) and savory french toast.
They also had a great wine list with Washington, Oregon, French, Austrian, Italian, Grecian and even Lebanese wine. I even saw a Leonetti on their wall of options! I bet we’ll be back in the next month to try more dishes and wine!
Who wants to join us next time?
Kiki was such a gorgeous and happy bride! How cute is she jumping on the bed with her maid of honor and my sister? She also had super cute bridesmaids! They were all so nice and cute!The ceremony site was at the beautiful Lake Park on Lion’s Bridge and the weather was absolutely perfect.All the Talbots were so happy to be there including my grandmother! The bride’s brothers, my awesome cousins, played a few songs during the ceremony and made us all tear up. Yay for the #Werkbots! The bride’s parents, my Aunt and Uncle, danced back down the aisle they were so happy! My sisters and I got some great pictures too! Most of my dad’s family is in Wisconsinand it was great to see all of them! The bridal party got on an adorable trolley to take pictures around Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee before going to the Reception site. My cousin, Kiki is amazing and Ryan is pretty cool too.The Milwaukee Art Museum was a wonderful background. Kiki and her brothers are so hilarious. I’m so glad they’re my cousins!The Pritzlaff Building had cobblestone walk away where we had cocktails before the reception! My sisters were wandering around and took some hilarious pictures of Mr. F, me, and Chris!The bride and groom looked so in love and happy all throughout the day! My dad and his sisters were so happyto see each other too! As if the food and family wasn’t already fabulous, then my cousins played with their band, Saturday Night Gravy. Yeah, they’re total studs. My favorite part was when Kiki got up and sang with her brothers, including, Taylor Swift’s “You Belong to Me”! Almost every female at the wedding sang along with the brideand it was EPIC….just like the Werkbots!Happy 3 week wedding anniversary, Kiki and Ryan!
The day before Kiki’s wedding was filled with lots of exercise and pampering! My sisters and I went with our cousins and a few other friends to Polished for mani/pedis, or as Uncle Dave calls it “finger and toe things”! Auntie Mary and Kiki got adorable little details like French tips, little hearts and shellac and I was happy to find a new favorite color that’s a brilliant cobalt or lapis lazuli blue. My toes are soo pretty! Most of the girls went to pick up the wedding dress so Katie and I walked along the river to where we met for a pre-wedding rehearsal lunch. Cafe Benelux had a great Belgium, English and Luxembourg beer menu! When the bridesmaids left for the rehearsal, Katie, Travis and I continued along the River Walk to Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee Art Museum. It was such a treat to spend an afternoon with these two, around Milwaukee, before I went to get Mr F at the airport. Mr F had a second interview which ultimately lead to a new job the following week!!!
We met the Talbots for dinner and dancing at the Milwaukee Alehouse but first, the WSU vs Stanford football game. My sister and Travis are huge Coug fans. After 9, a cover band started and it was amazing. They even played on of my ultimate favorite songs, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing!”The bride is an awesome dancer and looked like she was having a great time too!